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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 27, 2011 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saratoga 6 - 27 - 85

That's a nice write up from one of my favorite shows. I think Cliff is correct that way too many people look back at these shows remembering how great they were, but the reality (and the tapes) do not confirm this. For me, it's mostly that I had never heard other shows to compare these to and most of the tapes I acquired were from the same era (80's). All in all, I feel like most of 1985 is below average, although the set lists were interesting.

That being said, I still find this show above average for the time period, and better than anything else from the summer tour. I like the Crazy Fingers, despite of Fozzy, as the guitar solos were both excellent. The only difference I would have with your review is the second set opening 3 songs. Both segues, from Stranger to Eyes, and Eyes to GDTRFB, sound like it was always done that way, yet I'm not sure they were ever played in this combo. I like the review in the Tapers Compendium that says at one moment you're listening to Stranger and the next thing you know they are playing Eyes. Likewise Eyes transitions masterfully in to Going Down the Road. Considering how bad Garcia was at this time, the band must have communicated well to pull this off. So if you only listen to one show from the summer tour, this is the one to get (and dont even tell me Hershey is better!)

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Poster: vapors Date: Jun 28, 2011 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Saratoga 6 - 27 - 85

At the Frost 4/27/85 (my first west coast show) they opened the second set with Scarlet into Eyes and then Going Down the Road. I think the transition at SPAC was perhaps slightly better executed, not that there was much to it really.